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A Coruna or Ferrol (September)

mattyashy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020
Hey guys. So, I have rebooked my walk for 12-19 September (after being cancelled in May due to COVID).

I am currently flying into Santiago and arrive at 9am on Saturday 12th. And fly back at 10am on Sat 19th.

Would you recommend starting in Ferrol or A Coruna?

How many days should I plan for the walk?

Should I stay in another city on the first day/night and then get to Ferrol or A Coruna on the Sunday?

I would need to finish in Santiago on Friday 18th and stay there that night to catch my flight the following morning.
 

Tincatinker

Moderator
Staff member
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Any idea why you have planned this walk? For instance, if you want a delightful stroll through lovely Galician countryside then it really doesn't matter where you start. If you are making pilgrimage to the shrine of St James it really doesn't matter where you start. If you want to request a Compostella from the Pilgrims' Office then you need to start in Ferrol.

Most people complete Ferrol to Santiago in 5 days, it is easily walkable in 4. If you arrive in Santiago at 9:00 am you have plenty of time to catch the bus to Ferrol and enjoy a wonderful city.
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
Assuming you can get from the airport to bus or train heading to either A Coruna or Ferrol in the morning I would go for it. I found most of the trains pass through A Coruna and there are a few direct buses to Ferrol daily. Consult rome2rio for current schedules.
FYI A Coruna is a great city to visit with lots to see but you can't do it in a day.
Personally I would spend your Sunday in Ferrol, it has lots of points of interest, the Naval Museum was my favorite, but the trick will be walking to Santiago by Friday night to catch your plane on Saturday morning. You might have to skip the final stages (or 2) and take a bus to do that. Those stages are not that exciting because they are the beginnings of the urban sprawl north of Santiago.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2012 SJPP-Burgos, 2014 Burgos-Leon, 2018 Leon-Santiago
Hi,
Welcome to the Forum.
If you are looking to get a Compostela, you maybe should start in Ferrol, unless, of course, you’ve walked (and can demonstrate that fact) the additional several kms in your country as a pilgrimage to supplement the A Coruña walk, since it’s not 100 km from Santiago.
There’s plenty of transportation from Santiago to either city. You could begin walking the day you arrive in SdC.
Buen Camino!

All the best,
Paul
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
How many days should I plan for the walk?
Hi, I walked the Ingles this February, and it took me exactly a week:

Day 1, Bus Santiago to Ferrol, Hotel Almendra

Day 2, Neda, 13kms, Municipal Albergue

Day 3, Pontedeume, 15kms, Municipal Albergue

Day 4, Betanzos, 20kms, Municipal Albergue

Day 5, Hospital de Bruma, 24kms, Municipal Albergue

Day 6, Siguero, 24kms, Albergue Camino Real

Day 7, Santiago, 16kms

Buen camino!
 
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mattyashy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020
Maybe I could go further afield if it can be done in four days?

I'm there to enjoy the countryside walking mainly.

I plan to keep it cheap and stay in hostels for the walk (do I need anything special to do that?).
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Maybe I could go further afield if it can be done in four days?

I'm there to enjoy the countryside walking mainly.

I plan to keep it cheap and stay in hostels for the walk (do I need anything special to do that?).
Best to get a credential either from the Confraternity of St James in London or here on the Forum Shop.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
You might have to skip the final stages (or 2) and take a bus to do that. Those stages are not that exciting because they are the beginnings of the urban sprawl north of Santiago.
But in order to receive a Compostela, no stages can be skipped in the last 100 km!
 

Juspassinthrough

in our minds, we're vagabonds, you and I
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Inglés 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Camino Aragonés (2023?)
Welcome! I did the Inglés last June. You should be able to get to Ferrol on the day you arrive in Santiago. I too recommend the Almendra, very near the train station. After I checked in, I walked to the harbor where the Inglés begins, then to the Con-Cathedral to get a sello (office behind the alter, door on the right). I then walked back to the Almendra. I wanted to start at the beginning but I didn’t want to the harbor in the morning as it’s the opposite way. If you leave early, in the dark, it’s a little difficult to find the markers, the lady at the hotel marked it on a map which was very helpful. Also, Pension Luís in Pontedeume. EF10455D-7F68-4260-87B3-529581C340C8.jpegEnjoy and Buen Camino.
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés

Kat Kostrzewska

Online guide https://caminodesantiagobybike.co.uk
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2018), Via Tolosana (2012) Camino Norte (2014)
Definitely A Coruna. Beforehand you have to do additional 25 km in your country evidenced in writing (stamped pilgrim's passport). As Paul McAmino wrote. I fell in love with this route two years ago when it was presented to us during annual Confraternity of Saint James meeting. It is on my camino list since then❤ Route is not popular because you have to complete last 100 km to get your Compostela, so everybody starts at Ferrol. Rules were changed or modified for A Coruna recently and not everybody knows about it.
 

Lucy Keenan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Northern Route, 2017 Santiago to Muxia and Fisterra. 2018 Frances, 2018 Ingles, 2019 Portugues
Maybe I could go further afield if it can be done in four days?

I'm there to enjoy the countryside walking mainly.

I plan to keep it cheap and stay in hostels for the walk (do I need anything special to do that?).
It really depends what is open. You need your credentials to stay in municipal albergues.
 

Lucy Keenan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Northern Route, 2017 Santiago to Muxia and Fisterra. 2018 Frances, 2018 Ingles, 2019 Portugues
I think that all the public albergues on the Ingles are not municipal because are managed by the Xunta. Anyway they require credential.
For sure, I meant they are not private!
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Hey guys. So, I have rebooked my walk for 12-19 September (after being cancelled in May due to COVID).

I am currently flying into Santiago and arrive at 9am on Saturday 12th. And fly back at 10am on Sat 19th.

Would you recommend starting in Ferrol or A Coruna?

How many days should I plan for the walk?

Should I stay in another city on the first day/night and then get to Ferrol or A Coruna on the Sunday?

I would need to finish in Santiago on Friday 18th and stay there that night to catch my flight the following morning.
If you decide to walk from A Coruna and want to get a Compostela then you could make up the shortfall in the minimum 100km by walking part of the Via Francigena here in the UK.
I was undecided on whether to start at A Coruna or Ferrol so walked from Canterbury to Dover to make up the difference getting stamps along the way - it's easy walking and there are some lovely churches along the way plus you get to start at Canterbury Cathedral and tops up your walk by 20 miles/32km

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Frances(15,16,18)CheminduPuy(16) Portuguese(16 VDLP(17)Primitivo(17)Ireland-3000K(18) Norte18Vasco17
Hey guys. So, I have rebooked my walk for 12-19 September (after being cancelled in May due to COVID).

I am currently flying into Santiago and arrive at 9am on Saturday 12th. And fly back at 10am on Sat 19th.

Would you recommend starting in Ferrol or A Coruna?

How many days should I plan for the walk?

Should I stay in another city on the first day/night and then get to Ferrol or A Coruna on the Sunday?

I would need to finish in Santiago on Friday 18th and stay there that night to catch my flight the following morning.
I walked from both O Coruna and Ferrol last year. Started in O Coruna and walked to Meson do Vento in 1 1/2 days and then caught a bus back to Ferrol. The stretch from O Coruna to Meson do Vento was mostly road walking and long way in O Coruna. The walk from Ferrol to Bruma was more scenic and pleasant in nature and the stops in Pontedeume and Betanzos were pleasant as well. If you were to do one I would recommend Ferrol.
 

Juspassinthrough

in our minds, we're vagabonds, you and I
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Inglés 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Camino Aragonés (2023?)
I walked from both O Coruna and Ferrol last year. Started in O Coruna and walked to Meson do Vento in 1 1/2 days and then caught a bus back to Ferrol. The stretch from O Coruna to Meson do Vento was mostly road walking and long way in O Coruna. The walk from Ferrol to Bruma was more scenic and pleasant in nature and the stops in Pontedeume and Betanzos were pleasant as well. If you were to do one I would recommend Ferrol.
I agree, on the Inglés, I think Betanzos is a must. But, we all walk our own Camino.
 

GailGwyn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
part Camino Frances (2013), Part Camino Norte (2014)Camino Frances (2019)Camino Portuguese (2020)
Hey guys. So, I have rebooked my walk for 12-19 September (after being cancelled in May due to COVID).

I am currently flying into Santiago and arrive at 9am on Saturday 12th. And fly back at 10am on Sat 19th.

Would you recommend starting in Ferrol or A Coruna?

How many days should I plan for the walk?

Should I stay in another city on the first day/night and then get to Ferrol or A Coruna on the Sunday?

I would need to finish in Santiago on Friday 18th and stay there that night to catch my flight the following morning.
Hi. I've just been looking at flights to A Coruña for the same reason - should have walked the Camino Portuguese, from Porto to Santiago in May. Now we no longer have to quarantine on our return to the UK, I thought we should 'go for it. We won't start walking until 18th or 19th though, so we won't meet. Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis SJPP April 2016,
August 2017, May 2018
Camino Portuguese
2019, May Porto, Sept Lisbo
What great memories you all have stirred up from my Camino Ingles last May. I started on May 22nd 2019 from Ferrol, having travelled from Santiago by train to O Coruna, then bus to Ferrol.
Day 1: May 22 nd: I first walked from Ferrol to Neda for 14.35 klms and stayed at a lovely private pension on Avenues de Xubia 12 under the kind care of Margota. (Ph 981347304). There are 28 beds in the albergue at Neda.
Day 2: May 23 Rd: Then on to Miño for 24.44 klms with quite undulating hills. Stayed at bar/ hotel "Crisol" €35, ph 981778895. Calle Louis 53, Miño.
Day 3: May 24 th: Miño to "Hotel villa del Betanzos", Av de Castilla, 38. (40€ with breakfast) 11.23 klms.
Day 4: May 25th: Betanzos to Hospital De Bruma Albergue. The original owners of the house sold it and now run it for pilgrims. What fun it was sitting on supplied yoga mats by the stream, listening to 3 jazz musicians. Across the road we all went for a full pilgrim restaurant meal that night. Such a delight. (No services at half way -Leiro)28 klms.
Day 5: May 26 th: Bruma to Sigüeiro, 24.13 klms. Stayed at the 5 star Albergue with everyone (15 pilgrims) and went out to the local restaurant that night. Lots of free food & beauty products there. Two private group rooms available.
Day 6: May 27 th: Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela, 16.74 klms, group dinner that night for 20 pilgrims.
This was a very relaxed way to do the Inglés. So many lovely locals , I'd definately do it again if I had a spare week.
 

GailGwyn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
part Camino Frances (2013), Part Camino Norte (2014)Camino Frances (2019)Camino Portuguese (2020)
What great memories you all have stirred up from my Camino Ingles last May. I started on May 22nd 2019 from Ferrol, having travelled from Santiago by train to O Coruna, then bus to Ferrol.
Day 1: May 22 nd: I first walked from Ferrol to Neda for 14.35 klms and stayed at a lovely private pension on Avenues de Xubia 12 under the kind care of Margota. (Ph 981347304). There are 28 beds in the albergue at Neda.
Day 2: May 23 Rd: Then on to Miño for 24.44 klms with quite undulating hills. Stayed at bar/ hotel "Crisol" €35, ph 981778895. Calle Louis 53, Miño.
Day 3: May 24 th: Miño to "Hotel villa del Betanzos", Av de Castilla, 38. (40€ with breakfast) 11.23 klms.
Day 4: May 25th: Betanzos to Hospital De Bruma Albergue. The original owners of the house sold it and now run it for pilgrims. What fun it was sitting on supplied yoga mats by the stream, listening to 3 jazz musicians. Across the road we all went for a full pilgrim restaurant meal that night. Such a delight. (No services at half way -Leiro)28 klms.
Day 5: May 26 th: Bruma to Sigüeiro, 24.13 klms. Stayed at the 5 star Albergue with everyone (15 pilgrims) and went out to the local restaurant that night. Lots of free food & beauty products there. Two private group rooms available.
Day 6: May 27 th: Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela, 16.74 klms, group dinner that night for 20 pilgrims.
This was a very relaxed way to do the Inglés. So many lovely locals , I'd definately do it again if I had a spare week.
Brilliant! Thanks for sharing. It's great to experience some of the pre-Camino excitement again. I'm going to enjoy the planning!
 

Juspassinthrough

in our minds, we're vagabonds, you and I
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Inglés 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Camino Aragonés (2023?)
What great memories you all have stirred up from my Camino Ingles last May. I started on May 22nd 2019 from Ferrol, having travelled from Santiago by train to O Coruna, then bus to Ferrol.
Day 1: May 22 nd: I first walked from Ferrol to Neda for 14.35 klms and stayed at a lovely private pension on Avenues de Xubia 12 under the kind care of Margota. (Ph 981347304). There are 28 beds in the albergue at Neda.
Day 2: May 23 Rd: Then on to Miño for 24.44 klms with quite undulating hills. Stayed at bar/ hotel "Crisol" €35, ph 981778895. Calle Louis 53, Miño.
Day 3: May 24 th: Miño to "Hotel villa del Betanzos", Av de Castilla, 38. (40€ with breakfast) 11.23 klms.
Day 4: May 25th: Betanzos to Hospital De Bruma Albergue. The original owners of the house sold it and now run it for pilgrims. What fun it was sitting on supplied yoga mats by the stream, listening to 3 jazz musicians. Across the road we all went for a full pilgrim restaurant meal that night. Such a delight. (No services at half way -Leiro)28 klms.
Day 5: May 26 th: Bruma to Sigüeiro, 24.13 klms. Stayed at the 5 star Albergue with everyone (15 pilgrims) and went out to the local restaurant that night. Lots of free food & beauty products there. Two private group rooms available.
Day 6: May 27 th: Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela, 16.74 klms, group dinner that night for 20 pilgrims.
This was a very relaxed way to do the Inglés. So many lovely locals , I'd definately do it again if I had a spare week.
I was not far behind you last year, I started in Ferrol on June 1st and did the “standard” stages arriving in SdC on a very rainy June 5th. Ferrol to Pontedueme was a long day 1.
 

Pelegrin

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
The Camino from A Coruña could be called Camino Irlandés ( Irish).
According to the Irish tradition. Ith son of Breogan saw Ireland from a tower in A Coruña and arrived in Ireland with the Milesians where set a new kingdom.
Then, from Ferrol : Ingles and from Coruña: Irlandés.
Just an idea.
 

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